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what will happen on my first night at the RNR

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Newbie
Hi, just a quick question what will I do and what should I take to my first night to attest in the RNR
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Smart, tie if you intent to be commissioned.
Don't panic; the staff will sort you out. Detail will depend on the unit for which you are headed.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Sign a document or two. Promise not to hit your superiors (sort of thing), swear allegiance to HM. I am pretty sure that you don't get branded with your service number anymore.....
 

Trainer

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Lots of people will tell you they're the most important person in your life. They're not -I am!! LOL

BH has it about right. Turn up in trainers and a hoodie and watch people sneer in the corridor...
 

Brightstar

Midshipman
I attested a few days ago and it was a painless experience!

I wouldn't be surprised if all units do things slightly differently so be guided by your AFCO or unit staff, for me it was as follows:

I was asked to bring my passport and birth certificate along with another completed form I had been sent by my AFCO. (I didn't need the birth certificate this time but you may need yours). I wore suit and tie as I have done to all other similar meetings with AFCO. All others in my group did too. We filled out another mountain of forms guided through by a very efficient and friendly new officer. My advise would be to make a note of all of your clothing measurements including hat and "seat" (around the hips essentially) in METRIC and bring it along. We had to fill out a uniform request form, luckily there was a tape measure between us all and we were able to get through it in the end!

Something else to consider is how much it is going to cost you to get to the unit on drill nights. Another form needs to be filled out for your travel compensation.

Nether of these things seem to be set in stone (luckily!) it sounds as though the uniform sizing is open to interpretation and you can fine tune the travel money at a later date.

We had a tour of the unit and were then invited to join the ships company for their Christmas dinner which was very nice!

We all pledged alegence as a group to make sure we got to the dinner on time. We all got a nice welcome from the Commander and had to sing the 12 days of Christmas, your experience may differ!

An update to the above: The latest "new" PCS uniform seems to be in very short supply, I and a number of others are still waiting on ours to be issued 6 months later. Make sure your mesurements are accurate, you dont want to have to apply for a different size, you will wait even longer!
 
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Lantern Swinger
I attested a few days ago and it was a painless experience!

I wouldn't be surprised if all units do things slightly differently so be guided by your AFCO or unit staff, for me it was as follows:

I was asked to bring my passport and birth certificate along with another completed form I had been sent by my AFCO. (I didn't need the birth certificate this time but you may need yours). I wore suit and tie as I have done to all other similar meetings with AFCO. All others in my group did too. We filled out another mountain of forms guided through by a very efficient and friendly new officer. My advise would be to make a note of all of your clothing measurements including hat and "seat" (around the hips essentially) in METRIC and bring it along. We had to fill out a uniform request form, luckily there was a tape measure between us all and we were able to get through it in the end!

Something else to consider is how much it is going to cost you to get to the unit on drill nights. Another form needs to be filled out for your travel compensation.

Nether of these things seem to be set in stone (luckily!) it sounds as though the uniform sizing is open to interpretation and you can fine tune the travel money at a later date.

We had a tour of the unit and were then invited to join the ships company for their Christmas dinner which was very nice!

We all pledged alegence as a group to make sure we got to the dinner on time. We all got a nice welcome from the Commander and had to sing the 12 days of Christmas, your experience may differ!


Most helpful, many thanks.
 
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